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Lofty global goals designed to extricate people from poverty and slash social inequality need to be brought down to street level in cities if they are to have a real chance of improving the lives of those they are meant to help.

Consulting people on how

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The World Council of Churches has called for the release of two Syrian archbishops kidnapped five years ago.

“The Central Committee recalls with heavy hearts the abduction five years ago of the archbishops of Aleppo, Yohanna Ibrahim and Paul Yazigi,” the WCC said in a

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Pacific island nations are some of the world's most disaster-prone countries, yet only a handful have signed up to an insurance scheme that dispenses rapid payouts in a crisis – a situation experts hope to change.

The United Nations says only about eight per cent

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Christian groups have welcomed a surprise announcement by a nationalist chief minister of a state in north-east India that he will ensure that a law preventing conversions from one faith to another is repealed.

Pema Khandu, a Buddhist who heads the nationalist BJP-led state government

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Jeff Woodke had served in Niger for more than 29 years, providing food, water and other services to nomadic people. PICTURE: Facebook/Blaise Gaitou.

The wife of an American missionary abducted 20 months ago in Africa’s Sahel region has put out


The sun shone brightly on a recent Sunday morning over St Monica Catholic Church in Rapogi, a village in western Kenya. The house of worship was packed wall to wall. The choir’s singing filled the nave. Everyone waited for their favorite priest to show up.

Soon, Rev

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A new report highlights the lack of religious freedom in Sudan and says improvements in this area remain “an essential goal” for the US before relations between the two countries can be fully normalised.

A delegation from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent, bipartisan

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Australia on Thursday became the latest country to tackle the scourge of modern slavery with proposed new legislation that campaigners instantly dismissed as toothless.

A global drive to end slavery by 2030 has seen a rash of new laws, the release of landmark data and

The Australian Christian Lobby has urged the Senate to reject a bill which would give the governments of the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory the power to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Introduced by Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm, the Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) bill will

South Sudanese churches have welcomed the signing of a permanent ceasefire agreement by the main rivals, while cautioning that many other such pacts had also been dishonoured.

President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, the main opposition SPLM-IO leader, signed the declaration agreement in Khartoum on 27th June, raising hope for

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An alliance of religious and secular charities has launched an online campaign to raise awareness of the right to freedom of religion or belief.

“Believe it or not, it’s my right!” is the slogan of the movement launched on Tuesday by the European Platform against Intolerance

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Thousands of Muslim migrant workers from Myanmar risk being fined and deported from Thailand after June 30, under a new law that campaigners say may increase abuse and trafficking.

Under Thai regulations issued last year, migrant workers have until Saturday to register, using a Certificate

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An Iranian Christian woman pleaded with the UN’s Human Rights Council this week to urge Iran to overturn “false and baseless charges” imposed on her father, mother and brother.

Dabrina Bet-Tamraz’s parents and brother are appealing against lengthy jail sentences they have received for church-related

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Child marriage is increasing in parts of war-torn South Sudan and drought-hit Kenya as parents swap their daughters for cows and goats to survive, campaigners said on Wednesday.

Africa accounts for nine out of the 10 countries with the highest rates of underage unions globally,


Pakistan’s second-ever cardinal of the Catholic Church is slated to be installed on Friday.

In May, Pope Francis tapped Archbishop of Karachi Joseph Coutts to be among 14 new cardinals. Coutts would be only the second Pakistani cardinal, after Joseph Cordeiro, who was named by Pope Paul




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